dolphins, photography, Pine Island, simple things, sunset

A Not-So-Ordinary Sunset…

Once in a while, on a day that was ordinary, or maybe you are feeling a little blue, you might walk out and see something that would change your perspective completely.  Like finding a beautiful rainbow just outside your door.rainbow

And that puts you in the mood to go to Pine Island for the sunset, despite the drizzle, and the clouds that seem to want to take over.  But, as with the rainbow, you find that nature has another boost to your spirits waiting for you when you get there.

Dolphins haven’t been part of the sunset scene before.  I could hear the people around me exclaiming that it was a mother and baby, and saying, “Isn’t he cute”, but I was too busy trying to take pictures to look for those kinds of details.  I’ll take their word for it.  The kids in the water were treated to close up dolphin sightings going in both directions. A mom was yelling to them to be quiet and stay still, but that seemed to be impossible for them.  Still, they got a closer view than I might have expected.

And then, as I was loading my cameras into the car and turned to see the last of the color,  paper lanterns started rising into the air.  They were probably two feet across, and the flame inside was clearly visible, so the fact that kids were running with them seemed a little bizarre, but they added another element to a not so ordinary sunset.  Mother Nature is a pretty good therapist.dolphinsunset5

life, live and learn, old dogs new tricks, photography, unintended consequences

Far from normal…

Normal, I seem to come back to that word a lot. I realize this because I’m not just thinking my thoughts these days, I’m writing them down. One thing I want is a normal month. No surprises. No hurricanes.  No breaking a tooth and needing a crown. No hitting a hidden tree stump with your lawnmower, twice. And no especially tragic surprises… like running over your iPhone…

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Sunflowers and Bees…

This was the title of a photography class I took a few weeks ago.  We made a vintage sunflower and bee image in photoshop, a process that didn’t seem too daunting in class but I haven’t been able to create another one that I like as well since then.  sunflowerandbeessuebarleysmall

In the meantime the sunflower photos that we took against a black background are still sitting in the computer, asking to be set free.


birds, friends, photography, Pine Island, sunset, unintended consequences

Pelican sunset…

Sunsets and sunrises are always so different from each other. At Pine Island you have more people, and more activities going on than the other places that I’ve been, which makes for some interesting photos. But the main event is always the sunset itself. And this one didn’t disappoint.

One very unexpected bonus to this trip out for the sunset was a chance to talk with another photographer who was using the enormous lens that I’ve been seeing here and there online. It is a 600mm zoom, which is twice the zoom that my camera has. He said it has 3 levels of image stabilization so even hand held there is no problem with holding it steady, though he admitted that it gets heavy. He showed me a photo of a bald eagle that he had taken earlier in the day, and it was so sharp that I swear you could have counted the feathers. Amazing. He told me to check out his Facebook group, North American Wildlife Photography, to see amazing images of all sorts of wildlife, and I will…


marriage, photography, Pine Island, sunset, unintended images

Say I Do to the drums…

From Wikipedia;

A drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums and percussion in a circle. They are distinct from a drumming group or troupe in that the drum circle is an end in itself rather than preparation for a performance.

Last night I went out for the sunset at Pine Island. I have come to think of it as a place for people watching as much as the sunset, and last night didn’t disappoint. I had heard comments from time to time about a drum circle at Pine Island, but this was the first time I encountered one. Not a large group of people, but a nice group, enjoying the drumming and the ladies in flowing costumes dancing in the center of the circle. I still feel uncomfortable taking pictures at times, but many people were photographing the proceedings, and it was a performance of sorts, so I got out my phone for photos and a video. If there is a further significance to the drum circle I’m unaware of it. Just people enjoying themselves.


And if that wasn’t enough people watching there was a wedding photo shoot going on also. They were wading in the water, and it was a distance away so I couldn’t be sure, but I think the ceremony was performed in the water also. There were people with banners nearby, but it was hard to say if they were related to the wedding. It was windy, which always makes going out for the sunsets pleasant, even after a very hot day, but maybe a little bit too much for the purposes of wedding photos. So the bride’s hair was being whipped around, and they were posed kneeling on one knee which drenched her dress a bit more than just at the hem. But not as much as when she lost her balance and fell in, and was soaked to the waist. I wonder if it was what she had in mind when she planned a sunset wedding at the beach.  I think it’s a good metaphor for marriage, better be ready for whatever life throws at you.


But I really was there for the sunset, and it was also quite pretty, but I’ll get to that in another post.